Tampines Funeral Parlour
Contained within a tight plot, the funeral parlour is designed as a series of stacked rooms that are naturally ventilated. This is in response to the customs of attending wakes in Singapore, which are always held in make-shift tents in housing estates. It also considers the local custom of strict segregation between the act of mourning and the necessary preparation for such an event. As such all programs in the funeral parlour is strictly separated into three main categories: The back of house, front of house, and public areas. The back of house contains all facilities and spaces that service the funeral parlours, which take place out of sight of the general public. Similarly, the public area is deliberately separated from all these activities, so as to avoid any accidental encounters with the areas in the back of house. The front of house, or the funeral parlour itself, becomes to only means by which these two groups can intentionally meet, with the sole purpose of mourning the deceased.
The funeral hall is a single block that can be partitioned for two separate families. The space occupies the entire width of the building, allowing for ventilation and views from the hall, instead of simply an enclosed space. Individual rooms provide spaces where members of the family can retire to rest. These rooms open to voids that are shielded from the general public. These are spaces where the family can grieve in private. Terraces on either end of the hall provide a space to retreat or to relax. The terrace spaces also shade the main hall from direct sunlight during the day. Circulation routes are placed along the periphery of the building to allow a circumambulatory approach to the funeral parlour. These routes are sheltered from the sun and rain, whilst remaining naturally ventilated by a façade of fluted perforated aluminium panels.
- Location: Singapore
- Use: Civic
- Status: To be completed in 2016
- Area: 2,650 sqm
- Serie Design Team: Chris Lee, Brian Cheng, Fei Wu, Kapil Gupta, Santosh Thorat, Deepti Kandke
- Mply Design Team: Monglin Yap, Alvin Foo, Paul Yeo, Ivan Soh, Lim Kok Yow